By offering His help to achieve superior goods from all the evil we endure, though this does not mean that evil changes into a good. However, this is not the same as thinking about the Providence of God as a plan hanging over our heads, as an inexorable fate. The Divine Providence is a presence, a company offered to man and requires, therefore, man’s devotion, his trust and surrender into the tender hands of God.
Of course, man can accept this company, this help of God in his life, or he can reject it. God does not coerce us, does not force us. God offers His help, but He does not impose it on us. God acts with the highest of tenderness; He acts loving us, inspiring us, talking in our ear, arousing ideas and feelings, persuading our will, attracting us towards Him. Sometimes God acts in our life in a mysterious way, and it is hard for us to recognise the way He has been guiding us. Other times we can recognise His intervention through the persons He places in our way, the talents we receive, the events that happen, the interests He awakens in us.
We have some examples of these in the Bible, in the Stories of Joseph, Moises, and Tobias. And we can also find some amazing examples in the lives of great saints, like Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who was wounded in the Pamplona siege and forced to rest. During this period, he read some spiritual books that changed his life in a radical way. The case of Saint Francis of Assisi is similar. St. Francis was taken prisoner and imprisoned in Perusa when he was 20 years old; this allowed him to look back at all his life, until that moment empty and trivial, and his later conversion transformed him into one of the greatest saints of the Church’s History. A bullet wound and a compulsory stay in prison are, undoubtedly, something bad. But God was there to help these men to take advantage of those moments of pain, and He guided them to achieve a superior good.